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Pondering Life’s Mysteries: Why is the D-Pad on the Left?

We are surrounded by things every day that we take for granted and don’t question.

Like, for instance, why is the D-pad on the left side of the controller?

Most likely, you have not given that much thought until now, but if you think about it, pretty much every major console in history has had that setup.

Nintendo, Sega, Sony, and Microsoft all have the D-pad on the left. Even the N64’s funky controller still had the d-pad over there.

We’ve all grown accustomed to the d-pad being situated over there, and if we saw a controller today with the d-pad on the right, our brains would scream that was wrong, but in the beginning, why did designers choose that location?

The answer? Science. [pdf link]

We tend to use our dominant hands for precise, quick, reaction moments while our “off” hands are more suited for broader movements, like steering a character across the screen.

Since the majority of humanity is right-handed, it makes sense to put the “action” buttons on the right side of the controller for our dominant hands to use while the control mechanism is on the left for our off-hands.

When Nintendo designed the NES, the company decided its system would not only have more features than its competitors but also cost significantly less.

In order to accomplish this, the designers eliminated all the computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, hard drive, etc.) to save on cost while opting for the now-famous NES controller design to give the user a means of input.

The NES became a huge hit, and the rest is history.

 

 

 

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Father hacks Donkey Kong so his daughter can play as a girl

As a girl, from the time you first lay your hands on a video game, if given the option, you always choose a girl character.

There may be a dozen or so male characters to choose from, but if there’s one girl, you’re choosing her.

Which is why this guy is already in the running for Father of the Year by hacking the original Donkey Kong game so his 3 year old daughter can play as a girl.

From YouTube user Mike Mika:

“My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline.”

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The Courses in Wii Golf Are the Same Setup As the Original NES [bonus video]

Having never played the orignal NES Golf, I’m sure most of you are just like me in that we had no idea the much newer Wii Golf  is essentially the exact course layout from the original NES game.

This was pointed out by Redditor onus111  and just like 99% of us who played Wii Golf  years ago (which was a really fun game) this picture still won’t make us take the time to dust off our Wii’s and put batteries in the remotes to play. RIP Wii.

wii golf nes same course

Hit the jump for a bonus video that Simpsons’ fans might get a kick out of!

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